West Nile infected chicken found in Cecilia
This is to inform you that the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab has confirmed one West Nile virus positive Sentinel Chicken in Upper St. Martin Parish on 11-01-2013. The sample was collected on 10-28-2013. Location is in Cecilia. We are now following the CDC Expanded Transmission Protocol measures for West Nile virus in this area.
1) The location described above will be considered to be the epicenter of the problem.
2) Residents in these areas will be made aware that there is a heightened potential for encephalitis infection in their neighborhood and that personal protection and yard sanitation is recommended. Reminders to avoid mosquitoes and their peak activity times are encouraged, but if one must be outside, wear insect repellant. Another reminder is to remove any standing water around their home or business. This informative literature will be submitted to the official journal and posted on the St. Martin Parish website.
3) During the evening hours, trucks with ULV mounted sprayers will be assigned to spray Cecilia in an effort to reduce/maintain the vector populations below the critical level as noted in the CDC Expanded Protocol measures. Spraying will be conducted on the evenings of: 11-01-2013 (Friday) through 11-05-2013 (Tuesday), weather permitting.
4) The efficacy of these operations will be determined through the use of Gravid Traps that are scheduled for operation immediately following the completion of the control activities. The number of mosquitoes collected will serve to quantify the adult population and also provide specimens to be submitted for retesting at Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.